- The Nigerian Army is looking inwards in terms of equipment to tackle Boko Haram
- Locally-made combat vehicles have been one of the achievements of the army in recent years
- Eight of such vehicles have now been inducted and would be deployed to the field for use by soldiers in the frontline
The Nigerian Army has inducted eight units of locally made combat vehicles Mine-Resistant, Ambush–Protected (MRAP), also called EZUGWU into Operations Lafiya Dole and Sahel Sanity.
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, made this known at the inauguration of the vehicles in Kaduna on Thursday, November 12.
He said the equipment has aided military operations against bandits and Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the northeast region of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai was represented at the event by the commandant Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Jamil Sarham.
He said the vehicles, which are designed specifically to withstand improvised explosive device attacks and ambushes, were manufactured by the Command Engineering Depot, Kaduna.
“The vehicles have significantly improved our capability to defeat our common adversary, Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province.’’
The army chief said that the induction of the vehicles was a testament to the commitment of the Nigerian Army to building its industrial capacity.
Meanwhile, the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) on Thursday, November 12, pledged to support the Nigerian army and the Borno state government in fast-tracking the capture of the 86 terrorists listed on the most wanted list released on Wednesday, November 11.
Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri, the group said it would do anything within its power to assist troops of the Nigerian army in their bid to capture the fleeing terrorists and their leaders, Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musa Al Barnawi.
In his address, the national coordinator of CATE, Gabriel Onoja, said capturing the wanted terrorist would provide an opportunity for the federal government and states in the northeast to rebuild their lives in earnest.
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